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Robert Coard; as ABCD leader with ‘golden touch,’ fought poverty for half century

Robert Coard (left), shown with Father Paul Schwenzfeier, had retired from ABCD on Sunday. Robert Coard (left), shown with Father Paul Schwenzfeier, had retired from ABCD on Sunday. (Globe Photo/File 1996)
By J.M. Lawrence
Globe Correspondent / November 5, 2009

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Robert M. Coard, a charismatic immigrant from Grenada who united Bostonians from every neighborhood and many backgrounds during 40 years as chief executive of the antipoverty agency Action for Boston Community Development, died Tuesday at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale. The longtime Boston resident was 82. (Full article: 1111 words)

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